Elton Woodrow Beasley, 72, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on January 27, 2024.  Elton was a native of Newport News, Virginia and the younger son of the late Woodrow Wilson and Pauline Moore Beasley.  Elton graduated from Warwick High School, received an undergraduate degree from Christopher Newport University and a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University.

Elton was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 47 years, Charlotte, and their many beloved cats.

While attending CNU, Elton worked at NASA alongside the engineers that designed the first space shuttle. He later went on to become an energy industry analyst working for multiple power companies both in Virginia and Arizona before retiring from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Elton was an avid lover of all sports, excelling in baseball which he played in high school, softball, bowling and golf.  He enjoyed travelling with his wife Charlotte and vacationing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he often went scuba diving.  Elton was known for his great sense of humor and quick wit.

Elton is survived by his brother Bill Beasley of Daleville, VA, nephew Billy Beasley and his wife Karen of Daleville, VA, niece Betsy Beasley of Glen Allen, VA, niece Elizabeth Lanoue of Scarborough, ME and many extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a gift in Elton’s memory to the student scholarship fund at Christopher Newport University.  Gifts may be made online at https://advancement.cnu.edu/portal/give or by mail to Christopher Newport University, Office of University Advancement, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA  23606-2998.


  • Elton where can I begin there were so many emotions involved in getting to know Elton. Thru it all I gained a true friend. I transported Elton to & fro his appts., that’s where our friendship began & grew strong. We what are you about how to get somewhere he would try to direct me and I would use GPS hey whenever I agree on directions because I use GPS and he used his memory which was awesome because I’m about to hear lots of stories of how him is his wife met and how much he loved her and that was the awesome part because he would do anything to make her happy. He had a dry sense of humor, and he tell me to laugh at his joke and I’d say oh ok you were joking. Lol. We came to understand each other

  • Thru the sarcasm and criticism we gained respect and a beautiful friendship that I will charish for a lifetime. Respectfully your Caregiver Cynthia

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